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Old 04-22-2007, 10:16 AM
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The Cooling World
Newsweek, April 28, 1975



Here is the text of Newsweek’s 1975 story on the trend toward global cooling. It may look foolish today, but in fact world temperatures had been falling since about 1940. It was around 1979 that they reversed direction and resumed the general rise that had begun in the 1880s, bringing us today back to around 1940 levels. A PDF of the original is available here.
A fine short history of warming and cooling scares has recently been produced. It is available here. — D.D.

There are ominous signs that the Earth’s weather patterns have begun to change dramatically and that these changes may portend a drastic decline in food production – with serious political implications for just about every nation on Earth. The drop in food output could begin quite soon, perhaps only 10 years from now. The regions destined to feel its impact are the great wheat-producing lands of Canada and the U.S.S.R. in the North, along with a number of marginally self-sufficient tropical areas – parts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indochina and Indonesia – where the growing season is dependent upon the rains brought by the monsoon.
The evidence in support of these predictions has now begun to accumulate so massively that meteorologists are hard-pressed to keep up with it. In England, farmers have seen their growing season decline by about two weeks since 1950, with a resultant overall loss in grain production estimated at up to 100,000 tons annually. During the same time, the average temperature around the equator has risen by a fraction of a degree – a fraction that in some areas can mean drought and desolation. Last April, in the most devastating outbreak of tornadoes ever recorded, 148 twisters killed more than 300 people and caused half a billion dollars’ worth of damage in 13 U.S. states.
To scientists, these seemingly disparate incidents represent the advance signs of fundamental changes in the world’s weather. The central fact is that after three quarters of a century of extraordinarily mild conditions, the earth’s climate seems to be cooling down. Meteorologists disagree about the cause and extent of the cooling trend, as well as over its specific impact on local weather conditions. But they are almost unanimous in the view that the trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century. If the climatic change is as profound as some of the pessimists fear, the resulting famines could be catastrophic. “A major climatic change would force economic and social adjustments on a worldwide scale,” warns a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, “because the global patterns of food production and population that have evolved are implicitly dependent on the climate of the present century.”
A survey completed last year by Dr. Murray Mitchell of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveals a drop of half a degree in average ground temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere between 1945 and 1968. According to George Kukla of Columbia University, satellite photos indicated a sudden, large increase in Northern Hemisphere snow cover in the winter of 1971-72. And a study released last month by two NOAA scientists notes that the amount of sunshine reaching the ground in the continental U.S. diminished by 1.3% between 1964 and 1972.
To the layman, the relatively small changes in temperature and sunshine can be highly misleading. Reid Bryson of the University of Wisconsin points out that the Earth’s average temperature during the great Ice Ages was only about seven degrees lower than during its warmest eras – and that the present decline has taken the planet about a sixth of the way toward the Ice Age average. Others regard the cooling as a reversion to the “little ice age” conditions that brought bitter winters to much of Europe and northern America between 1600 and 1900 – years when the Thames used to freeze so solidly that Londoners roasted oxen on the ice and when iceboats sailed the Hudson River almost as far south as New York City.
Just what causes the onset of major and minor ice ages remains a mystery. “Our knowledge of the mechanisms of climatic change is at least as fragmentary as our data,” concedes the National Academy of Sciences report. “Not only are the basic scientific questions largely unanswered, but in many cases we do not yet know enough to pose the key questions.”
Meteorologists think that they can forecast the short-term results of the return to the norm of the last century. They begin by noting the slight drop in overall temperature that produces large numbers of pressure centers in the upper atmosphere. These break up the smooth flow of westerly winds over temperate areas. The stagnant air produced in this way causes an increase in extremes of local weather such as droughts, floods, extended dry spells, long freezes, delayed monsoons and even local temperature increases – all of which have a direct impact on food supplies.
“The world’s food-producing system,” warns Dr. James D. McQuigg of NOAA’s Center for Climatic and Environmental Assessment, “is much more sensitive to the weather variable than it was even five years ago.” Furthermore, the growth of world population and creation of new national boundaries make it impossible for starving peoples to migrate from their devastated fields, as they did during past famines.
Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects. They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve. But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality.

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Old 04-22-2007, 02:45 PM
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That would perpetuate their power and sense of being needed. Not too different from the way Sharpton and Jackson need racial tension to have a reason for living.
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Old 04-22-2007, 05:35 PM
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You do have a way with words!

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Old 04-22-2007, 06:26 PM
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You know that the "global warming (or cooling)" alarmists of 1970's and today are really unsure of what some of them so desperately claim is "proven" and "more certain of this than anything except gravity", when they literally threaten to pass federal laws making it a crime to speak against this theory as someone who is a holocaust denier is subject to prosecution in some European countries!
The real scary thing about the "global alarmists" is that thishas become their dogma, the of thisscientists who have fallen for this are the "high priests" and true believers seem ready to take any and all actions and spend any amount of money to in their eyes "save the Earth".
We've seen time and again the past centuries what other ideologies of such rabid believers (e.g. Communism, Nazism, etc.) have done in their quest to bring their high priests' vision of the world and how much destruction and death these as resulted in. I fear that this is just the start of a terrible global delusion resulting in overwhelming gov't (federal, state and international) control of every part of our lives, unless more sane voices in the sciences, average citizens and political leaders with common sense prevail.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:47 PM
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Now I’ve heard everything: people who support the science behind global warming are Nazis?

If there’s science to back up your criticism of global warming science, then please post it! But make sure it’s not research funded by Exxon or some other fossil fuel or forestry products company or industry group. DougMD’s been trying to do this on another thread, but every time he posts something, I find out that either they’re funded by Exxon or some other Big Oil company interest or else the “climate scientists” writing the articles aren’t really climate scientists at all. Or else the “scientific research institute” that published the “study” thinks one of the Spice Girls or some fictional TV character is a climate scientist and wants them to sign on to what they say.

And stop whining about how criticism of global warming science is being persecuted. No one is trying to “pass federal laws making it a crime to speak against” global warming theory (post a Senate or House bill number, if there is one). It’s been just the opposite. Top people in Bush’s EPA department are now under investigation for unethically editing and pressuring scientists that work for them to alter their findings in scientific research because their research supported global warming science. Here’s one of several articles I found about this:
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:09 AM
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Now I’ve heard everything: people who support the science behind global warming are Nazis?


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"Hi, Mumbo again!! I know that all of you watched Earth 2100: Wild Weather Ahead and Green: The new Red, White and Blue this past Saturday night, and now have the facts on global warming/climate change and the need to do something about it now!"

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if global warming is a myth, i want to hear the explanation for why the polar ice caps are melting.
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:52 AM
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Regardless of which direction our weather is going do any of you honestly believe that little ol' us can do a damned thing about it? Either adapt to changing conditions or die, that's been nature's first law since the beginning and always will be.
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